Hamas, the militant group that has controlled Gaza since mid-2007, has an estimated 20,000-strong security force composed of police; Protection and Security, a unit similar to the U.S. Secret Service; and Internal Security, an intelligence and interrogation squad with a rising reputation for brutality.
Many security force members moonlight with the Izzidin al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas' military wing, which continues to launch dozens of rockets and mortar shells each day at southern Israeli towns.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
PCHR discovers Izzadin al Qassam Civilians Brigade
EOZ currently has an excellent post comparing IDF and PCHR claims about Gaza casualties. The specific identities of many of the genocide-ees are known and PCHR wants to classify Hamas "policeman," for instance, as civilians. An LA Times article from January, which was actually quite upbeat about the role of Hamas policemen ("We have to keep our people's lives safe," exclaims Officer Mohammed Abo Hwaishel), included the following two paragraphs: